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Hipmunk Hotels:The Ultimate Road Trip Through Annapolis, Louisville, Durham and More

A road trip in spring to the Southern states promises blooming flowers, rejuvenated rivers flowing to the Atlantic, and budding trees. The mountains are as inviting as the ocean.

Here are some tips and places to stay in your ultimate road trip.

Photo by John Lach via trover.com

Photo by John Lach via trover.com

Dunwoody: Of Picnics and Good Books 

Dunwoody, Georgia, is ideal for solitude and adventure seekers. For walkers, Brook Run Park offers hours of communing with nature. Bring a blanket with you, a basket of goodies and nonalcoholic drinks, a good book, and find relaxing shady spot. When it’s time to leave, find your way to Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Center for an extraordinary night of relaxation, elegance, and exemplary services.

Louisville: Of Landscape Architecture and Parks

The biggest city by the picturesque Ohio River, Louisville, Kentucky, is known for the Kentucky Derby. But this quaint city offers more than horses. In Cherokee Park alone, you can find some mesmerizing architecture designed by Frederick Law Olmsted – the man behind the beauty of Niagara Reservation and Central Park. This place is ideal for families and for group of friends who want to squeeze nature into their itinerary. For a good night’s sleep and fun in the pool, Sheraton Louisville Riverside Hotel promises a room with a view.

Annapolis: Of Parks and History

Small cities like Annapolis, Maryland, appeal to travelers who are on the lookout for affordable places to stay but don’t want to miss the fun and energy of the bigger cities. Waters Park provides trails and spots with a view of the river. Spring is an ideal time for kayaking and boating, so give them a try if you haven’t before. Be sure to visit the U.S. Naval Academy and learn about its storied past. If you are looking for romantic accomodations, a night at Loews Annapolis Hotel is worth every dime.

Ocean City: Of Ocean Breezes and Beach Walks

Ocean City, Maryland, draws a crowd in summer, the season people seek suntans, beaches, and seas. Summer is still months away, which makes it an ideal time to explore this little city before the crowds settle in. Ocean City Boardwalk is a lovely place for morning or late afternoon walks. Indulge in a night of oceanfront relaxation and luxury at Hilton Suites Ocean City Oceanfront.

Durham: Of Arts and Kindred Souls

Durham, North Carolina, houses some big and soulful scenes that you cannot find anywhere else in the South. There are many outdoor activities and sports events for the adventurous, but there is also a strong arts scene throughout the city. Diverse, vivid, and creative are the three adjectives that capture the beauty of Durham: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina Central University Art Museum, Durham Performing Arts Center, and Carolina Theatre are four of the many art-centered places you should visit. If you want to stay somewhere as unique as creative as these places, Hyatt Place Durham Southpoint is for you.

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